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Using Project Management Disciplines to Improve Performance

  I was asked late last year to write a white paper for Axelos on some of the reasons organizations might consider using disciplines from the PMBOK, from PRINCE2, and from Agile practices like Scrum to help them improve their project performance. It also became a nice opportunity to demystify some of the mistaken notions […]
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The ITIL 4 Journey – One Year In

Blog post – The ITIL 4 Journey – One Year In Axelos was nice enough to ask me to write an ITIL 4 blog post a little while ago on the Managing Professional certificate. I was happy to do it; you can read a little more about what we came up with at It’s been […]
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ITIL® Capacity Management – As Easy as 1-2-3

In the ITIL guidance, Capacity Management is broken down into three related sub-processes. In this blog we will look at the three subprocesses and how they help us have better visibility into customer needs. The first of the subprocesses is Component Capacity Management. For this subprocess we could easily substitute the word Utilization, for the […]
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Agile as a Business Transformation Practice

Agile as a Business Transformation Practice One of the deeply fundamental problems with how people wrestle with the adoption of Agile practices is that the “point” of using Agile is often lost on most of the participants. They often hear Agile and think New meetings Continuous Deployment No changes during sprints Visual Task Boards While […]
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ITIL Practitioner: Finally the ITIL Certification we actually wanted!

With the upcoming February launch of the new ITIL Practitioner certification, we finally have the answer to the most frequently asked questions about ITIL. What do I do to get started? What should I focus on first? What is the “next class” after Foundations? ITIL Foundations has enormous scope; from strategic planning to continual improvement, […]
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Portfolio of What?

Many organizations struggle to understand and differentiate project portfolio management from service portfolio management. This is an important distinction, because project portfolio managers understandably focus on the project portfolio. This is useful, but ultimately misses the point of looking at the investment of service assets across the service lifecycle. The basic idea behind service portfolio […]
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Putting the Service in IT Service Management

Many people understandably think about ITIL as a process framework. When you describe good practices for 25+ processes and capabilities it seems a no brainer. Yet when you look at the books, their names, and their objectives, it becomes clear that processes are an important means (COBIT calls them one of seven enablers), but that […]
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Categorize this!

Several ITIL processes include a categorization activity, most prominently Incident and Problem Management. Categorization capabilities in most of the major tool families are widely misunderstood, and because of that, organizations lose some of their most valuable data.
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